Free MPanel Tutorial

Tutorial 1
The standard tutorial for learning MPanel, as shipped on demo CD’s. Consists of a starter drawing, with prototype structures, a MS Word document to describe the operations needed to complete the drawing, and a copy of the finished drawing.
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Free MPanel Tutorial Tutorial 2
A more in depth look at creating a cone tent, this web page walks you through the design process for developing a cone tent, covering mesh density selection, stress effects and compensation of the finished panels for production.
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Free MPanel Tutorial Tutorial 3
Creating geodesic seams on a saddle tent. Geodesic seams are often used to minimize seam lengths and create substantially rectangular panels. MPanel can create geodesic seams from any boundary points over any number of meshes, and can then turn the seam lines into a new mesh, to ease paneling.
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Free MPanel Tutorial Tutorial 4
Shows double mesh being used to refine a cone tent. Double Mesh can be a great time saver, allowing the initial design to be roughed out with very coarse meshes that require little construction time and allow MPanel to relax the forms quickly. When the design is further along the meshes can be increased in density and then re-relaxed, to obtain a high definition drawing.
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Free MPanel Tutorial Tutorial 5
Looks at the issues involved in merging panels, and shows how the shearing error occurs. Merging is a powerful technique for joining panels together and achieving panel end curvature, but it has implications in the way the fabric stress relaxes that need to be understood. This drawing illustrates those issues for a simple hoop structure.
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Free MPanel Tutorial Tutorial 6
Creates a set of panels running diagonally on a square sail. Diagonal seams are required for aesthetic or structural reasons, and MPanel can create them nicely, although there are difficulties with the corner triangular panels. This drawing illustrates the process.
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Free MPanel Tutorial Tutorial 7
Looks at the problems of adjusting the droop of a square sail with high/low points. There is a peculiarity of an exactly square sail on a symmetrical frame, that adjusting the weft/warp ratio does not adjust the droop of the sail. This drawing explains that issue, and offers a solution to the problem.
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Free MPanel Tutorial Tutorial 8
Creating an awning cover with some double curvature on a half dome. Framed structures, which are sometimes made without double curvature, benefit in strength and rigidity if they are designed with double curvature. This drawing illustrates working over a simple entry way awning.
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Free MPanel Tutorial Tutorial 9
The method of modeling using a single sheet over several constraints. This was an earlier modeling technique, used before the capability to relax multiple meshes arrived. For some fabric shapes it is difficult to think of a reasonable multiple set of meshes to define the structure, and so this drawing details the old method.
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Free MPanel Tutorial Tutorial 10
Illustrates the methods used to divide a mesh into different coloured areas, both for paneling and visualization meshes. Can be used as a generic tutorial on cross sections and rebuilding mesh's from 3D polylines.
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Free MPanel Tutorial Tutorial 11
Shows a method used to block cut a simple icon into a mesh, which will be created in a contrasting colour.
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Free MPanel Tutorial Tutorial 12
How to use embedded cables to carry some of the loads in a cone tent design.
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Free MPanel Tutorial Tutorial 13
How to design a modular structure, so that you can add any number of central sections to create different length designs.
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Free MPanel Tutorial Tutorial 14
Illustrates the method to find the natural top ring position and pole angle for a cone tent. Uses a structure of links to allow top ring to relax to it’s natural position.
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